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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1 May 2009 (USA)
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A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years.



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Two mutant brothers, Logan and Victor, born 200 years ago, suffer childhood trauma and have only each other to depend on. Basically, they're fighters and killers, living from war to war through U.S. history. In modern times, a U.S. colonel, Stryker, recruits them and other mutants as commandos. Logan quits and becomes a logger, falling in love with a local teacher. When Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker's crew, the colonel sends the murderous Victor. Logan now wants revenge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wolverine  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,658,979 (UK) (1 May 2009)


$179,883,016 (USA) (25 September 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Features two actors from the Australian TV show McLeod's Daughters (2001). Aaron Jeffery (Alex Ryan) plays Thomas Logan at the beginning of the film and Myles Pollard (Nick Ryan) plays Phelan - one of the lumberjacks Logan works with. The two play brothers on McLeod's Daughters (2001). See more »


When Logan and Victor's fight causes them to smash through a window, Logan's hair is a mess from the fall but in the following shot as Logan turns his head, his hair is perfectly combed, followed by the next shot where his hair is once again messy from the fall. See more »


[first lines]
Young Victor Creed: You're always sick.
Young James Logan: You were sick when you were my age.
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Crazy Credits

This is the first X-Film to have an opening credits sequence: Logan and Creed fight together through a montage of wars: the American Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War. See more »


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Wolverine isn't Bad, but it's not as good as it could've been
3 May 2009 | by (San Diego, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I'll state my credentials up front: I'm a chick. I have read X-Men comics in my past, but it's been years. I don't remember every detail of every relationship and back story, so I'm not a huge X-men expert. I LOVED the original X-Men movie and X2.

I was so excited when I heard they were making a Wolverine movie. He and Gambit were my two favorite characters from the comics, and Wolverine was by far the best written and one of the best acted characters in the X-Men franchise. I thought, "This should be good!" I counted down the days until it came out. And I went to the theatre, and came out not disappointed, but not excited either. It was a middle-of-the-road movie, which seemed to not know what it wanted to be. But I would say go see it if you're an X-Men or Hugh Jackman fan.

The main crime committed in Wolverine is in the writing. I always say writers don't get enough credit on a good movie. But no amount of good acting (pretty much everyone in Wolverine does well with what they're given) and okay directing can cover up crappy writing like this. The script was all over the place. It didn't have any of the jaunty yet edgy feel of the first two X-Men movies. Wolverine's wisecracks and smart wit were all but forgotten. That would've maybe been okay if they had chosen to make Wolverine the dark, nearly evil character that he was supposed to have been before he lost his memory. But they didn't. He was neither good nor evil. This was ambivalent Wolverine. Kind of Emo Wolverine. Not above doing bad, but not really into it because it made him Feel Bad. No really interesting lines or plot points either way. The writers didn't seem to even know how to develop the relationship between Wolverine and Sabertooth. And was the love story put in by the studio just to satisfy us chicks who wouldn't go a see a comic-book movie without it? If so, the studio did us a great disservice, because if you wanted to make a story about Wolverine the lover (which, hey, I would go see), this movie wasn't that either.

And when I saw in the trailer that Gambit was in the movie, too, I was thrilled! Gambit in a movie, at last! But here he is, the underdeveloped and kind of confusing Gambit. Couldn't he at least have had his New Orleans accent? The cards were cool, but he was mostly underutilized and didn't feel like Gambit that much.

The movie does have some good moments in it where you actually say, "Yes!" I'm not putting spoilers, so I won't tell you what they are, but for me, they made the movie worth seeing. While I wouldn't put it anywhere on my worst-movie list, I wouldn't rank it with X-Men and X2 on my favorites list, either.

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